After a series of heart breaking defeats in the hands of Croatia, Argentina, Puerto Rico and a clear loss to Greece. The Philippine Team finally won their last game of the tournament. Some may say that this is not a meaningful win anymore because we won't be able to qualify for the 2nd round, but to my eyes and the hearts of millions of Filipinos the Gilas team is surefire winner.
|The last FIBAgame of Jimmy Alapag|
The Gilas showcased a lot of heart, passion and intensity in their battles against the giants of the world! The team symbolizes the resilience of every Pinoy in times of struggle. They showed the basketball world that heart can fight height and might.
Gabe Norwoods highlight reel poster dunks (Just ask Scola)
|Junmar Fajardo's world class efficiency (2nd in the tournament) |
He played really big in tonight's win!
|The talent of Andray Blatche|
Lastly, our team can compete with anybody in the world! We gave #3 ranked Argentina a scare, as well as Puerto Rico and Croatia. The only team to beat Gilas convincingly is the mighty Greece!
Game 1: 81 Croatia vs Philippines 78 (OT)
Game 2: 82 Greece vs Philippines 70
Game 3: 85 Argentina vs Philippines 81
Game 4: 77 Puerto Rico vs Philippines 73
Game 5: 79 Senegal vs Philippines 81 (OT)
Every game was a thriller, it was definitely worth watching and even after every heartbreaking defeat.The last game was the sweetest of them all, as the Philippines tasted its first victory after 40 years in the world stage. Thank you Smart Gilas for making the country proud! This is a tournament to remember! Laban Pilipinas Puso! Kita Kits sa Asian Games! Cheers! :)